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P.T. Barnum and You - Providentia

P.T. Barnum and You - Providentia | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Imagine, if you will, that someone gave you a personality test and provided you with the following feedback on your personality: You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical...
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The above statement from the website is a paragraph that you should read out to your friends and ask them if it is a good description of their personality.

Then read the rest of the article on the Barnum effect more appropriately known as the Forer Effect - the tendency of people to "...endorse generalised statements as being true for them specifically.."

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Psychic healers may have synesthesia « Psychology Blog

Psychic healers may have synesthesia « Psychology Blog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Synesthesia describes the experience that some people have, where the stimulation of one sense results in other senses being stimulated. For example words take on different colours and may create a sensation of certain smells. A recent study by Milán et al. (2012) found that many psychic healers who claim to see the aura of their patients are actually synesthetes.

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